Innovation and Technology

Creating an Environment for Innovation
Creativity in American Orchestras: Exploring the Outer Boundaries
Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras
Imagining 2023: A Conversation with Greg Sandow
Learning from New Ensembles
New Digital Strategies for Cultural Organizations in an Era of Infinite Choice
Orchestras on the Airwaves: A Hopeful Trajectory


Creating an Environment for Innovation

3M's culture thrives on the creation of new ideas. They are committed to innovation at the core of their mission - allowing room for a good idea to be transformed into a worldwide product phenomenon. Larry Wendling, head of research for 3M, takes us on the journey from concept to the creation of an innovative sustainable product or program.

Katie Wyatt, the founder of an El-Sistema-inspired center in North Carolina, challenges our thinking around how orchestras can better align our artistic mission with true service to our communities.

And Deborah Borda, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, pulls the strands together and challenges us to grow our capacity for innovation and risk-taking.


Creativity in American Orchestras: Exploring the Outer Boundaries

The repertoire and performance formats being presented in orchestras are drawing on an ever wider palate of artistic impulses, musical genres, and community influences. This session will explore the new opportunities for creativity available to orchestras.

Howard Herring, president and CEO, New World Symphony; Demarre McGill, principal flute, San Diego Symphony; incoming principal flute, Seattle Symphony; co-founder and artistic director, Art of Élan; Stanley Romanstein, president, Atlanta Symphony; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Limor Tomer, general manager of concerts & lectures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras

The League’s study examines ground-breaking practices in five high-functioning and highly creative American orchestras, and looks at the leadership and decision-making models that have implications for all our orchestras. Learn about the practices in orchestras that may suggest new models for yours. Find out more.

Catherine Macciariello, principal, Creative Arts Consulting; Ryan Fleur, president & CEO, Memphis Symphony; Donald F. Fox, executive vice president for business operations & CFO; Sarah Lutman, president & managing director, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Eileen Jeanette, vice president of artistic and orchestra operations, Pacific Symphony; Chad Smith, vice president of artistic planning, Los Angeles Philharmonic

This session is made possible in part by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation.


Imagining 2023: A Conversation with Greg Sandow

Where will your orchestra be in ten years? How far could you actually go, and what is holding you back? Join a group visioning experience led by Greg Sandow, well-known writer, teacher, and consultant who specializes in fostering fresh approaches to presenting classical music.

Greg Sandow, writer, teacher, change agent


Learning from New Ensembles

Orchestras often look to smaller, younger, more flexible and innovative orchestral ensembles for inspiration. Likewise, many of these newer ensembles wish for the advantages of staff, a regular venue, legacy, and access to resources. Even with the common ground of vibrant music-making, what can we learn from these new organizations, and what might they learn from us?

Amy Garapic, co-executive director, Contemporaneous
Beth Perdue Outland, vice president, community engagement and strategic innovation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Jen Richards, managing director; eighth blackbird
Julia Rubio, executive director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Norman Ryan, vice president, Schott Music Corporation


New Digital Strategies for Cultural Organizations in an Era of Infinite Choice

The business and consumption of culture is shifting, challenging every cultural organization in America to rethink how they do business. These changes require rethinking the ways cultural organizations relate to their communities. Every cultural organization is experimenting with social media tools, but these are ineffective unless harnessed to overall strategies for the institution. This presentation gives an overview of the ways cultural consumption is changing and present case studies from other industries that suggest effective strategies for the 21st century. View the presentation here.

Doug McLennan, arts journalist and critic, founder and editor, ArtsJournal.com


Orchestras on the Airwaves: A Hopeful Trajectory

In this lively three-part session, hosted by American Public Media, we’ll spotlight the opportunities for orchestras to get on the air locally, nationally, and internationally, and to partner with their local radio affiliates in new ways that benefit their communities. Brian Newhouse and Fred Child host the session, complete with live music and success stories that you can put to work in your town.

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